Hair and makeup by Giorgio Baroni at Lewis Van Arnam (N.Y.C.), Pam Geiger for MCM Salon, Fran‚Äö√†√∂‚àö√ºois Ilnseher
Patricia Velasquez can paddle but she can't hide, even though her camouflage suit by Roxy ($60) and tropical-fruit lei by Monika Tilley ($200) blend in with the jungle terrain of Quepos.
Brace yourself! Stacey Williams tugs at your heartstrings while wearing a suspender suit by Shok ($28)—and optional T-shirt—poolside at Villa Caletas in Jaco.
Ashe flies across the beach of the Faro Escondido resort, Patricia makes like Peter Pan with no strings attached—except those on a bikini by Darling Rio ($42).
Stacey tries to palm herself off as a woman of mystery at casa de Jaime in Dominical. But her bikini by Darling Rio ($54) leaves scant few of her secrets unrevealed.
There's laughter in the rafters as Roberta Little cavorts in a pavilion at the Selva Verde Lodge in Chilamate, wearing a suit ($90) and sarong/scarf ($50) by Bendigo.
Rising refreshed out of a verdant pool located below a waterfall in Dominical, Yasmeen gives pause in a bikini designed by Nicole Miller ($75).
In a bikini with a triangle top by Bendigo ($55), Patricia adds an intriguing touch of trigonometry to the lush jungle setting of the pool at Villa Caletas.
Ingrid Seynhaeve is definitely on the fringe in a string bikini and skirt by Monika Tilley ($135), but even she can't make a splash in this pool on Damas Isle. Yasmeen's friend comes up short on the porch at Bella Vista Lodge, while she stands tall in a crocheted bikini by Mossimo ($72).
Swing by the Selva Verde Lodge for some pillow talk with Roberta, who can tell you a thing or two about thongs—like this one in a floral print by Darling Rio ($48).
Ingrid gets her back up—against a palm—on Damas Isle, but she's keeping her cool in a mini-check bikini ($70) and matching cotton pareo ($68) by Calvin Klein.
Indian royalty or maillot model? Talisa Soto reigns over Río Baru in golden regalia by Gottex ($232). And another cause for reflection: Where does one begin—or end—when describing Stacey in a monokini by Darling Rio ($70) as she crosses the pool at Villa Caletas?
As the sun slowly sets behind her perch at Faro Escondido, Stacey, in a gold-colored maillot by Macarena Guttierez ($80), says adiós for us all, if you get her drift.
WALTER IOOSS JR.